A New Love…..
I absolutely love days when everything goes smoothly and just seems to fall into place. Yesterday it was so cold out, the whole day was rushed, and it just wasn’t enjoyable at all. This morning didn’t look very promising, but I kept on schedule as I normally would and the day began to just flow. That is the absolute most peaceful feeling when each part of your day just effortlessly moves into the next. I feel that I have gotten a lot of things accomplished, and it is only 12:30pm, so I have lot of day left ahead of me that I can get caught up on some things.
After packing Double Chocolate Protein Bars in my husband’s lunch for the last month I decided that I better change it up and come up with something new. There is nothing worse than getting bored of what you are given for lunch, or even worse dreading it. He didn’t say anything, but I figured if I was getting tired of making them then he was probably getting tired of eating them. I know that he is a big chocolate lover, but I didn’t want to do double chocolate again. I wanted to do something more in the direction of texture, and indulgence. I have to say that these new bars are my absolute favorite, to date.
These are so easy, and so creamy! I love the contrast of the chopped almonds, and the chocolate along with the peanut butter. I used crunchy peanut butter, but the peanut chunks just give the bar another layer of flavor, and texture. This bar is super clean. 😉 You can’t really go wrong with it. If you like chocolate and peanut butter, I shouldn’t have to say anything else. 😉
Because I wanted a certain size bar I used two mini loaf pans lined with parchment paper. It worked like a charm. Because this is a softer bar you need to press the dough into the pan firmly, no cracks or crumbles. Once the process was completed I stored them in the freezer just because I liked the firmness, but you can keep them in the fridge if you would like. I wouldn’t recommend keeping them on the counter because they will get to soft and might fall apart. After you make a batch be sure that you keep at least one bar out for yourself and then sit back, relax, and enjoy it!
What is your favorite type of bar?
UPDATE: (02/17/17) To make this recipe PLANT BASED use Pea protein in place of the Whey and non dairy chocolate chips, or grain sweetened. If you are vegan you know how to replace the honey. 🙂
Dark Chocolate Drizzled Oats & Almond Peanut Butter Bars
By Angie Gouchenour
½ cup chunky natural peanut butter
2 Tablespoons of honey
½ cup oat flour (I just threw some uncooked oatmeal in the blender)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (29 g) (You can use pea protein)
½ ounce lightly salted, or unsalted, almonds – roughly chopped
2 squares 80% dark chocolate or 4 tsp mini chocolate chips (Dairy free for plant based)
In a medium bowl cream together the honey and peanut butter
Stir in whey powder and oat flour until a soft dough forms and all the powder is thoroughly combined
Place parchment paper in two mini loaf pans and press half of the dough into each pan. Make sure that you press it very firmly so it doesn’t crumble
Gently press ¼ ounce of chopped almonds into the top of each pan of bars so they aren’t buried completely into the dough
Chill for about 20 minutes
Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments (60-90 seconds)
Remove the parchment paper from the loaf pans and drizzle each with chocolate; return them to the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes until the chocolate hardens
Once the chocolate has hardened you are able to cut each “loaf” into 4 and store in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer
1 bar 176 calories